Johnathan Hankins to Forego Senior Season for NFL Draft

By Kyle Rowland on December 10, 2012 at 2:39p

Ohio State's Johnathan Hankins will forego his senior season to enter the NFL Draft

Ohio State junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is foregoing his senior season of eligibility and will enter the 2013 NFL Draft, he announced Monday.

“I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft,” Hankins said in a statement. “I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State.

“I want to thank Coach Meyer, Coach Vrabel and strength coach Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank Coach Tressel and Coach Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program.”

An All-Big Ten selection, Hankins finished the 2012 season with 55 total tackles, including four tackles for loss and one sack. He had a career-high 10 tackles twice, against California and UAB.

Over his three-year career, Hankins had 138 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks. He appeared in 38 games and started 25.

“My three years at The Ohio State University have provided amazing experiences for me, and they are years I will never forget or take for granted,” Hankins said. “My plans are to return to finish my degree and to continue to be a part of this brotherhood of Buckeyes. I am so appreciative for the support I have received from my teammates, the coaching staff and administrators at Ohio State, and of course, my family.”

Hankins, a native of Dearborn Heights, Mich., played in all 13 games his freshman season of 2010 and was named Ohio State’s defensive freshman of the year.

His sophomore year was a breakout season. Hankins tallied 67 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss. He earned the Jack Stephenson Award, which goes to Ohio State’s outstanding defensive lineman.

“I have enjoyed coaching and getting to know Johnathan Hankins over the past year,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “His hard work on and off the field has given him an opportunity to move on to the next level. The coaching staff and I wish him all the best.”

In April, Hankins is all but assured of adding to Ohio State’s list of 406 drafted players. Draft projections have Hankins slotted as high as the top five with many assuring that he’ll be a top-15 pick.

Thaddeus Gibson, following the 2009 season, was the last Buckeye to forego his senior season and opt for the NFL. He was drafted in the fourth round by Pittsburgh in the 2010 NFL Draft.

In his previous 10 seasons as head coach, Meyer has had 35 players drafted - five at Utah and 30 at Florida. That list includes 2005 No. 1 overall selection Alex Smith. Of Meyer's 30 Florida players chosen, eight were selected in the first round. 


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Boxley's picture

Good luck to you, thanks for being a Buckeye.
I wish you well in your future. Go Bucks!!

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kr66osu's picture

Good luck to him!


Good luck Hank, we will miss you and will always love you! Go Bucks!

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zbd's picture

He will tear them up in the NFL.  Good luck.  Just don't go to the Jets or Jaguars.

OSUNeedles's picture

Good luck Big Hank... Here's hoping that some of those young studs can really step it up next year.

Ethan's picture

Can't disagree with the decision, but it hurts to see him go. 
Best of luck to the big fella. He's going to do great things.

buckeye76BHop's picture

A down vote for disagreeing...hmmmm

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

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Northbrook's picture

Ethan didn't disagree.

buckeye76BHop's picture

With Hanks decision....

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Jugdish's picture

I don't think anyone is too surprised to hear this. Being a projected top 10 pick would have to be the final selling point in moving on. Thanks to Big Hank for being a great Buckeye. He represented himself and the university well.

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AngryWoody's picture

Big Hank is a Michigan native.
Those who leave will be champions.
Good for Big Hank.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

A negative vote huh...???? Hmmmm I wonder who it was....???

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Haybucks's picture

“My three years at The Ohio State University have provided amazing experiences for me, and they are years I will never forget or take for granted,” Hankins said. “My plans are to return to finish my degree and to continue to be a part of this brotherhood of Buckeyes...”
Big Hank is a true Buckeye. He overcame where he was raised.  

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


DetroitBuckeye's picture

He's from my hometown, don't really appreciate that.

bassplayer7770's picture

Best of luck, Big Hank!

JasonBuck's picture

Good luck BIG HANK!  We'll miss you next year, but I think we all saw this coming.

highwire's picture

Best of luck! 
Next man up.

Northbrook's picture

Thanks for three great years and good luck. 
There has been some speculation that Carter may leave. I hope that isn't true and that next season finds him in the best shape ever and ready to contribute.

rlyle6's picture

Best of luck, Big Hank!

rdubs's picture

Perfect example who came in put in his work and deserves his shot at the big time.  As a result he will be remembered fondly, even if he struggles in the pros like Gholston.

Born and Bred's picture

Best of luck to Hankins and as Urban put it "make the great state of ohio proud"

Buckeye till I'm dead

Justanut's picture

Big Hank, you will be missed! Best of luck in your future endeavors. It is going to be hard to fill your big shoes!

BUCKI4LIFE's picture

Good Luck Big Hank! I enjoyed watching you! Go bucks!

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Thankfully we don't have to see him again. 
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Bucksfan's picture

He should rep the Buckeyes well at the next level.  Good luck to him, and stay healthy.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Best of luck at the next level, Big Hank. Thanks for all your hard work, especially on game days destroying OLs.
Side question (for 11W Staff): Was this item not presented as a "gray box" so as not to interrupt the recent trend in happy gray boxes, or does it not fit the criteria?

KillerNut's picture

Wondered the same thing

Chris Lauderback's picture

Kyle posted this so I don't know the exact rationale but I can tell you that Gray Boxes require a URL as part of the formatting while a regular post does not. At the time we posted the news, the info came straight from OSU via email, which isn't link-able, so that's my guess as to why.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks, Chris. No sweat either way. Personally, I want the next gray box to sound something like this

PierogyJim's picture

Once a Buckeye, always a Buckeye. Nothing wrong with going out 12-0 and as a projected top 10 pick. 
Do us proud, Big Hank! Come back and visit us in Pasadena for the 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game.

ATXbucknut's picture

Is this why we took yet another  D-lineman (Munger) yesterday or would we have taken him regardless? Seems like we have an overabundance of D-linemen (I'm not complaining though!)

ColoradoBuckeye74's picture

Good luck big man, get after it!

Woody4's picture

Gonna miss seeing you wearing Scarlet & Grey,  BUT,  I want to thank you for giving your all,  each & every down... & want to wish you nothing but the best,  as you continue your journey.

buckeye76BHop's picture

As much as I'd like to be selfish and be pissed he's leaving...I really can't blame him for going for the money while he can (would absolutely suck if he came back next year and got injured).  Good luck Big'll be greatly missed.  Top ten pick IMO...or at least first round for sure.
Up votes for ALL!!!!

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"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Doc's picture

Good Luck Jonhathan!  Thanks for three great seasons.

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KillerNut's picture

Hopes he plays on a contender. Dude deserves super bowls

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

I hope he makes gobs of money and gives opposing QBs and RBs nightmares.
One of the greatest ever and th fact he's from Michigan makes even it sweeter (like me and Vernon Gholston , and Pepper Johnson and Craig Krenzel and ...)
I'd love it if the Lions nabbed him.

OSUBias's picture

Plesae not the Lions. They are so dislikeable with Suh/Swartz, in my opinion. Though I do feel bad for their fans. It's not easy being a Lions fan, I'd wager.

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Crimson's picture

I can't agree with the Lions.  They're pretty well set at DT with Suh, Williams, and Fairly.  They really cannot put a 1st rounder into two or three positions, and that's one of them.
Best of luck to Hank, and hopefully he find himself on a condtender.

Haybucks's picture

Yeah, the Lions aren't known to load up on one position with 1st rounders.  Oh wait, was it just a dream sequence for wideouts?
2003 - Charles Rogers (2nd pick)
2004 - Roy Williams (7th pick)
2005 - Mike Williams (10th pick)
2007 - Calvin Johnson (2nd pick)
Besides, Suh, being a known commodity, is expendable for numerous needed picks or trades IF Big Hank is available.

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Crimson's picture

Very true, but Millen is an announcer now, not GM.  He was a nightmare sequence btw, not a dream sequence.
Yes, yes the lions are still stacking at certain positions, and I wouldn't be surprised if they drafted a DE in the 1st, but they do not need a DT.  Whether they take one or not is a different question.  Meyhew and Schwartz are not drafting for need.
Suh is not going anywhere.  The Lions are paying their best players (Stafford, CJ, Suh) and keeping them in place.  Using Suh and expendable in the same sentence is like using Big Hank and diet in the same sentence.  Does not compute.  (I'm not taking a shot at Hankins, btw; he's just a huge guy.)

Haybucks's picture

Just remember, Millen didn't call the shots. William Clay Ford did. Jammer would have been a Lion if Millen had his way.

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Damn!!  I was convinced he was going to come back.  Maybe I was just being greedy.  It's all good though, Big Hank put in his time and work at tOSU, best of luck big fella!!    Heres to hoping he doesn't get drafted by a team I hate!!

BrewstersMillions's picture

Disapointed for entirely selfish reasons but this young man is holding a winning lotto ticket. He'd be a damned fool to not cash it in.
Best of luck Hank!

USMCBUCKEYE82's picture

I knew it was coming, was hoping that it wasn't going to happen. Wanted to see you play another year as a Silver Bullet. It's not about us fans wants though. Going to be some big shoes to fill in your absence. Big Hank the best of luck to you!!! 
Now next man up!!! Reload another Silver Bullet!!!
O-H for Big Hank!!!

hodge's picture

Good call, Big Hank; best of luck out there in the pros.
Besides, I'm excited to see a certain soon-to-be Sophomore DT from Cincinnati, goes by the name of Diesel...

William's picture

Smart move. The guy can always come back and finish his degree. Wish he would stay for selfish reasons, but go get em' Big Hank. 

Buckeyeneer's picture

Congrats, big man!

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danavh4's picture

forever gateful!  Come play for the Browns big man!

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GABuckeye's picture

Good move for the big man.  Now they have to replace all 4 defensive linemen (Hank, Simon, Williams, Goebel).  That, coupled with the inexperience at linebacker, worries me.  No Sabino, Boren, or Klein.  Hopefully Curtis Grant and another youngster can step up.

Jason Priestas's picture

Hankins wants to thank you for being awesome, Buckeye Nation.

Matt F's picture

I is a sad.  He's gonna hurt some peeps in The League, though.

captain obvious's picture

Good Luck BIG MAN u made Buckeye nation proud

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Grant Edgell's picture

Hate to see Hank go, but certainly not a move to criticize. Great personal choice by him IMO. He'll certainly be missed and could have been a serious senior anchor on the DL next season.
That said, I believe next year's roster will contain five different 5-Star DL's and seven more that are 4-Stars. Glad Meyer solidified it as soon as he got to town.

cplunk's picture

Go crush it in the League, Big Hank. Thanks for the memories! 

raki's picture

Good Luck, and have great future, and thanks for everything.....

Tengauge's picture

Big Hank going to the NFL! I was not totally surprised by this being the quality player he is. I will miss watching him on Saturdays in beloved Scarlet & Grey. 

TatumRuled's picture

Say you won't go, Roby. Say you won't....

"Hell, Woody didn't recruit me; he recruited my mother!" -Jack Tatum                       

gumtape's picture

I hope he wins his share of Houndies because we all know that is by far the most important award anyone can get at the next level.

High and tight boo boo

toad1204's picture

Cant wait to see the carnage he inflicts on the next level.  Thank you for coming south Mr. Hankins.  Looking forward to seeing #52 as a pro bowler.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

He'll be missed. But really, they all are.

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Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Happy for him. Sad for me. ;_;

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bowthrock's picture

Good Luck Big Hank!!! Can't Wait to see your "Manumana going out to get some Poi dance"! Thank you for the hard work and dedication for Buckeye Nation!!

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

Phillips.449's picture

Good luck to you Big Hank!  It is a bitter sweet day for Buckeye Nation.  We all knew this was coming and this accomplishment is well deserved.  I just hope our Defensive Ends are able to look as good next year as they did this year, without you plugging the holes up the middle.

brglr14's picture

class act. still cant believe mich didnt want this kid.

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Poison nuts's picture

I guess most of us saw this coming. I personally had a fantasy of everyone coming back & crushing the world next year. It's selfish, but us fans are a selfish group. We want our team to win & want players that can make that happen.
I will truly miss Hankins on Saturdays, and know that he will excel at the next level...Something about this guy, always smiling and so on, that really endeared him to me. Good luck Big Hank - go get em! Go Bucks!

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Evansvillebuckeye's picture

Congrats Hank - your hard work paid, the obligatory question - that does free up an extra scholly, right??

tampa buckeye's picture

Roby next unfortunately.

Poison nuts's picture

No need for crazy talk.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

buckeye76BHop's picture

Re: Roby,  I'm not so sure about that...hearing he's all in for next year.  At least so far...

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

avail31678's picture

Bummer.  Good luck, Hank!  You will be remembered for a long time as a good one.  Now shred 'em up in the pros!

Michael's picture

It'll be tough to see him go, but if you're projected to go in the top half of the NFL draft, you should go and make your money. Mike Brewster stayed his final year and went from a projected top center pick to completely undrafted, costing him at least a couple million.

BuckeyeUro's picture

He will definitely be missed, good luck in his NFL career.

AltaBuck's picture

Guess I'll have to scream BIG HANK! at the TV on Sundays.  Good Luck Jonathan.

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German Buckeye's picture

Top 10 draft pick - maybe the Brown's can get him to anchor the middle for the next decade!!!!  I'm thinking Hank would look really good in brown and orange...

harleymanjax's picture

NOBODY looks good in brown and orange!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

biggy84's picture

Hank came here as an unheralded recruit, and leaves as a first rounder...thanks for the memories and best of luck Big Hank! 

RedStorm45's picture

Question for the staff - the 35 players of Meyer's who got drafted - are those players he recruited or players who were drafted while he was still the HC at the respective schools?  Just curious.

OHBuckInCA's picture

All the best to Hank!  I big man with a big motor who's about to get a big paycheck! While I'd love to see him eat up runningbacks for OSU next year, he's earned it.

"The time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect." - Woody Hayes

jestertcf's picture

Best of luck Big Hank, here is to hoping you dominate in the pros.
With this news, now we have a whole new starting D line next year.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Nutbuck1959's picture

Still think you should get the degree... A lot of guys say they will come back but do they? Be smart with your money Big Hank!

Normal Buck's picture

Go get 'em, big man!

otrain2416's picture

Big Hank thanks for eating up double teams and not make our LBs look absolutely terrible this year. We will truly miss your domination on the D line

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Haybucks's picture

Also, thanks for taking on the Good Hands people when there weren't two to guard you!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Mix's picture

I didn't want him to go, but he was one blown out knee from dropping to the 4th round. Good luck Big Hank.


thatlillefty's picture

Was hoping to see Big Hank suit up for the scarlet n gray one more year for a run at the national title... but can't blame the kid. He has the chance now to guarantee financial security for himself and his family for years to come. He plays next year, there's no telling what happens.
As I write this, the Patriots are playing MNF and I'm thinking that might be a great fit. Vincent Wilfork has had a lot of success in that defensive scheme, but he's 31. If Hank were to slip in the draft, or New England were to trade up, it's a perfect match.

IBleedSandG's picture

I sent my dad a text tonight letting him know Big Hank was headed for the NFL. He replied, "Oh well, he's not that good". My dad expects way too much out of DT's (as far as stats go). Guess he wanted Hank to put up double digit sack numbers.
Good luck Big Man, you were a pleasure to watch!


Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Damn it - I was hoping he would come back even though I knew deep down he wouldn't.  Thanks for the three years Big Hank!!!  Good luck.

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zbd's picture

Just don't be another Vernon Gholston who was one of the biggest busts in NFL history. A high draft choice who wowed them at the combine and was found he had no brains for football.

Buckeyejason's picture

Nice comment. This guy has nothing to do with Vernon and is nothing like him. He'll be a very good pro. No suprise here, i wish the big guy luck.


CowCat's picture

Good luck, big fella.   Thanks for making the great state of Ohio proud.  Be sure to come back and finish your degree!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

osubuckeye4life's picture

Thanks for everything you did on and off the field while representing tOSU.
Best of luck in the league big guy!

cajunbuckeye's picture

Bummer. I was hanging on to the fantasy that the big guy might stay. Best of luck, Hank. Man I hope the Saints draft you. Your jersey will go right next to Malcolm and Will's.

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